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Archive for July, 2009

Its a Trap!

Bookstores! They are amazing, but I always get sucked into them and end up spending waaaaaaaaaaay too much time there. I want so many books, I can’t handle it. History books, bicycling books, books about star wars, books about zombies, books I’ve heard a lot about, books I’ve never seen before. Today I was just in a plain old Barnes and Noble, but I got lost for almost two hours. There were so many books I wanted, but I managed to escape with only two. First, Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide, because you can never be too prepared for this inevitable disaster, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road because I have been recommended it on many occasions, and I want to read it before the movie based on it comes out.

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I crashed. Or in greater detail:

At the San Rafael Twilight Crit, I was racing in the men’s E4 field. The pace started out very fast, and we dropped a lot of the field, whittling the peloton down from 100 to about 40-50. In the second half of the 40 minute race, he pace began to slow as people started working on positioning, and I counter-attacked on one of the primes. I didn’t quite catch the guy (missing out on what was sure to be a sweet water bottle) and he didn’t seem keen to keep up the break so we sat up a bit and waited for the field. As the clock wound down and the lap count went up, I was sitting in about 15th place, and moving up. One of the sides of the crit was an uphill, and I was planning on attacking there on the last lap just to see what would happen. On the second-to-last lap, on the opposite side of the uphill, there is a downhill (obviously) and then a sharp right turn into the final straightaway. The peloton was wide indicating people shifting for a good position coming into the final lap, and I was probably five wheels deep in a three wide peloton.  Swinging down right into the straight, the guy in the lead of our line went too wide, and hit the guard rail. He went down instantly, taking the whole line with him. I hit the brakes and tried to swerve, but there were too many bodies and bikes in my path and I flipped over to my right. I got up quickly, as the race was still going on, and I move myself to the side of the road while paramedics helped people who were injured then I.

Injury Summary: Severe road rash on my right knee, knuckles, thigh, hip and elbow. My back appears to have been scrapped by a chain, and on my upper right arm I have three deep gashes likely form a chain or chainring (since it was very greasy). And, I was pretty bruised up.

Bike Report: Broken spokes, broken saddle, trashed tires, torn handlebar tape, general scratches.

Good news is: I’m gonna be ok. I have done spinning, and just started running. Now that my sutures are off I can swim again too, so the triathlon is a go! And, the race t-shirt is sweet. And, I got a rad facebook profile picture out of it.

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Oogling in Sausalito

I have discovered that I have the habit of shamelessly eyeballing bicycles.  Any time one rides past, my head instantly turns. If I’m driving and a car with bike on it passes, my eyes are no longer on the road. I check components, size, geometry, brand, frame, age etc. all in a few moments.  I was recently on a casual bike ride into San Francisco, and we parked in and rode through Sausaltio. This is a town I have discovered that I am very fond of. First, there are TONS of bikes and bike stores. Second, there are no fixies to be seen. Third, it’s near SF, but not right next to it. Fourth, its small and has a lot of cool downtown shops right on the waterfront. The only big flaw I can spot is that it appears to be ultra-wealthy and snobby.There are a lot of art stores, and a lot of people on $10,000 bikes in full matching team discovery channel kits going 12 miles an hour down the road and going through brake pads on the slightest descent like its nobody’s business. These type of rich yuppies who suck at cycling but have way better stuff than me are one of my huge pet peeves (since I am particularly snobby and judgemental when it comes to bikes myself). So maybe I’ll just find someplace else to live.

PS. They are gonna build a velodrome in Santa Rosa!!! Now I can buy a track bike without having to be a dumb fixie hipster.

New Velodrome in Santa Rosa

New Velodrome in Santa Rosa

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